Jul 7, 2016
There is a ton of great info in this episode with Coach Jim Laird. He takes a holistic approach to training, teaching people the difference between performance and health.
Formula for looking and feeling great:
a) Lifting weights twice a week at your ability. Do just enough to allow adaptation of the body, just enough challenge.
b) 30 minutes of cardio daily. Ie: walking, tennis, cycling, etc.
b) Eat real food + healthy fats.
c) Don’t eat refined sugar.
When yo take your walks, walk to rejuvenate not to burn calories. If your body is healthy hormonally, mentally and emotionally, the fat will just come off. You don’t have to force it if you treat your body well.
Typical guidance for women just coming into Jim’s gym for training…usually they work 50 hours a week, have kids at home, are doing multiple sessions of bootcamp, sometimes 2 times per day…and not seeing results. Why?
Jim’s advise is to find that time. Self care comes first as well as eating real food and getting good sleep. He’ll recommend doing this for 4 weeks before starting a training program with him. Some people will do this for the 4 weeks and lose 25 lbs…just by taking care of themselves.
Jim asks his clients to either blow up a balloon or do some type of silent breathing before they head out the door, back to their lives full of stress and chaos. What good does your training session do if you are just going to leave in a fight or flight stage? Whether you are still amped up from your training session or running from a tiger, your body doesn’t know the difference when your sympathetic nervous system is on full alert.
To combat this counterproductive phenomena from happening, Jim reminds his clients, young and old, to simply chill and act as if they are going to sleep while doing their silent breathing. This process not only takes a person from fight or flight to rest and digest, it also jump starts their recovery from their workout. To us, we would rather our clients be fully recovered after a workout versus not recovering from a workout, dealing with a busy life, and then coming to train again. It’s a vicious cycle that leads one down a tumultuous path.
Check out a video on how to do this here: >> Balloon Exercise Technique
It also helps relieve neck stiffness, , you become mindful, makes you feel better and is a great way to prevent road rage!
Jim Laird has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997. He has 4 years of Division One coaching experience and over a decade of working with clients in the private sector. He has worked with everyone from housewives who just want to look good and feel good, to professional hletes in the NFL, LPGA, and MLB; his most notable client being Scott Downs who is currently with the Chicago White Sox and is going on his 13th year in the MLB. Jim has helped dozens of young athletes achieve athletic scholarships to Division 1 schools and also trains a team of female Powerlifters, The Miss Fits.